Kansas City—A Hidden Gem in the Midwest
Kansas City is home to a world of big city amenities—combined with the peace of small-town living. You’ll find everything here from major league sports, to world-class BBQ, luxury shopping, ballet, art museums, and excellent schools. It’s the perfect mix of city culture and suburban family life—with a wide variety of neighborhoods to choose from.
Downtown Kansas City is filled with a rich historic heritage and old-world architecture, newly revitalized into a vibrant community teeming with trendy lofts and growing businesses. Visitors love the BBQ restaurants, museums, and friendly downhome atmosphere of this historic jewel.
Waldo & Brookside, MO
Funky, fun family neighborhood located right on the edge of Kansas City. Known for its trendy locally owned shops, art galleries, and renovated older brick homes that many young professionals and families call home.
Midtown & Downtown
There is no end of choices for entertainment in the midtown area—whether you enjoy art, ballet, shopping, eating out, or going to a live show. After several years of investment and reconstruction, Kansas City’s downtown is now enjoying a lively renaissance as a “hot” destination for singles, families, and young professionals alike.
Located 15 miles southwest of downtown Kansas City, Overland Park is now the second largest city in the state of Kansas with 180,000 residents. More than 40 companies have their corporate headquarters in this beautiful town of wide boulevards and excellent shopping.
Olathe is one of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S. Known for its nationally recognized schools, award winning sports and recreational opportunities, and safe, friendly neighborhoods, this town of 125,000 still retains its small-town feel.
Named one of the Top 100 Cities in America, Lee’s Summit has grown to become one of the busiest centers in the Kansas City metro region. Today 90,000 residents enjoy quiet suburban living, rural views, and the summertime convenience of Longview Lake.
Shawnee is located in northwest Johnson County, Kansas. It celebrates a rich heritage of pioneers and Shawnee Indians through its museums and popular annual Old Shawnee Days parade and tribute. It also enjoys more than 563 acres of city parks and aquatic facilities.
Lenexa was named one of the Best Places to Live by CNN Money Magazine, and one of the Best Places to Raise Kids by Bloomberg BusinessWeek. With a population of 49,000, it has earned a reputation as the “City of Festivals” for hosting such quirky events as the Great Lenexa BBQ Battle and the Spinach Festival.
Leawood is a thriving community of upscale shopping, restaurants, and businesses located 10 miles southwest of downtown Kansas City in Johnson County, Kansas. Large houses dot the tree-lined streets and wide boulevards of this city, which boasts 423 acres of parkland.
This area boasts several major communities—including Liberty, Parkville, Gladstone, and North Kansas City—and has enjoyed a high level of growth in the last decade. In fact, over 30% of the Kansas City metro now resides here. 3 different colleges also make their home in the Northland.
Blue Springs is located 19 miles east of downtown Kansas City, and offers an easy and convenient commute to attractions all across the metro area. This quiet, suburban town enjoys beautiful rural views and has grown immensely in popularity over the past 10 years.
The fourth-largest city in Missouri, Independence has a long historic tradition. Visitors from all over the world come here to discover the heritage of President Truman and walk its historic square with old-fashioned soda fountains and movie theaters.
With a population of 148,000, Kansas City’s sister city is the third-largest city in the state of Kansas. Extensive development in recent years has made this location a shopping and sports destination, with the addition of a world-class speedway and professional soccer stadium.
Prairie Village was named one of the 5 best suburban cities in the region by the Kansas City Star. Located in Johnson County, Kansas, it prides itself on being one of the few remaining communities with the ambience of a “true village”—with many pedestrian-friendly centers for shopping and socializing.
Just east of the Kansas City metro, this area includes several major communities - including Lee’s Summit, Independence, Blue Springs and Belton. Residents enjoy great shopping, dining, and professional sports entertainment in the area, as well as beautiful parks and lakes for outdoor recreation.